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KU Team Steps Up to Fight Cancer

Ayden, NC – CMI Plastics, Inc. and their organization, Victory for a Cause (VFC), have partnered with Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley, Inc. (PCFLV) and Kutztown Men’s Rugby, in an effort to fight childhood cancer.

To kick off the efforts, and in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, a Victory For A Cause Presentation Ceremony was held on October 27 on the Kutztown campus. 

During the 2011-2012 Rugby Season, KU’s combined record for all three teams was 38-6, and for every victory the team earned $100 to the 2011-2012 Champions and PCFLV.   

“This past year has been a wonderful experience for everyone involved.” says Steven Hasselbach, President of CMI Plastics.  “It is amazing to see how the young men of the rugby team have accepted these children into their lives.”

VFC and PCFLV share in their goal of helping families fight childhood cancer. PCFLV uses a number of ways to raise money and improve the lives of these children. PCFLV provides a full calendar of programs which focus on quality life and long-term survivorship for children with cancer including a chemo circus program at the local hospitals, caregiver events such as spa days and date nights, support services and sibling support groups as well as education and recreational activities to focus on fine and gross motor skills.

VFC supports the cause by partnering with athletic teams to raise money to fight childhood cancer. By sponsoring athletic teams such as Kutztown Rugby, VFC is able to spread awareness to a larger group of people including the athletes, the fans and the families of Kutztown Rugby. Then, with every victory the sponsored team wins, in this case, Kutztown Rugby, CMI will put one hundred dollars towards sponsoring a child with cancer. The sponsored children are known as VFC Champions, and at the end of the sponsor team’s season, the Champion and/or charity of choice are presented with the donation.

 


 

Tre McAllister named Victory for a Cause "Champion" for the 2012 St. Peter's Catholic School Spring Soccer Team

The Spring Victory for a Cause team was the St. Peter’s Catholic School of Greenville, NC Soccer Team Spring 2012. The team had 15 victories. Our Champions name is Tre McAllister. He is 14 years old. In April of 2011, Tre was diagnosed with Non- Hodgkin’s Lymphoma. Tre has a great attitude towards the challenge that lies ahead of him. He is a strong fighter and a true Champion. $500 went to Tre and $1000 will be going to Rainbow Services Pediatric Hematology/Oncology of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University.

Presenting Tre the champion's medal St. Peter's Soccer Team
Soccer team presenting Tre the champion’s medal
2012 St. Peter's Catholic School Soccer Team

 


 

Shemar Jordan named Victory for a Cause “Champion” for the 2011 St. Peter’s Catholic School Fall Football Team

Shemar Jordan has been named the Victory for a Cause “Champion” for the 2011 St. Peter’s Catholic School Fall Football Team. Shemar received a “Champions Medal,” a team jersey, and a check for $500. The money was earned by his team. For every victory, $100 was donated to Shemar.

Shemar is 12 years old and was recently diagnosed with osteosarcoma, a cancer of the bone in his left leg. He has had one surgery and will need to have more. He is currently undergoing chemotherapy at Duke Medical Center. He enjoys baseball, video games, and spending time with his friends.

 

 

Left: CMI President Steven Hasselbach presenting Shemar his Champions Medal.

Below: The St. Peter's Football team and Shemar.

 


Lehigh embraces cancer survivor, 8


The Mountain Hawks and 8-year-old cancer survivor Jack Knudson have become close
October 19, 2011 | Keith Groller

The Lehigh football team is on its bye week and coach Andy Coen gave the players a few days off to concentrate on their academics and catch their breath before the grind of the season resumes.

So what did the Mountain Hawks do on their rare Tuesday night off?

They got together anyway, deciding to do something to support their newest "team" member.

Nine members of Lehigh's nationally ranked squad gathered at the Hoover Karate Academy in Whitehall Township to watch 8-year-old Jack Knudson of Breinigsville participate in his weekly martial arts session.

"The guys were great," said Howie Knudson, Jack's father. "They were cheering him on and filled up that waiting area, which is not that big. They stood out. Everybody knew the Lehigh football team was there to see Jack. And then many of them went out to dinner with us after the karate was over."

It was just teammates supporting a teammate.

"It wasn't something our guys were told to do," Coen said. "They were free to do whatever they wanted on Tuesday night and came up with that on their own. I think Shane Ryan was the ringleader. It was their idea, which makes it kind of neat."

The relationship between Knudson and the Lehigh football team has become "kind of neat."

He pulls for the Mountain Hawks and they are definitely pulling for him, each drawing inspiration from one another.

Knudson is a second-grader at The Swain School in Salisbury Township, but while he's learning a variety of subjects, he's already well-versed in adversity and courage.

Jack was just 41/2 years old when he was rushed to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia via helicopter with a tumor in his brain. Due to the location of the tumor, it was considered inoperable at first.

But Jack was suffering from strokes and doctors decided to go ahead with surgery in an effort to save him.

During a 121/2-hour procedure, as much of the tumor was removed as possible. However, he suffered a massive stroke during surgery.

"We are lucky to still have him today," said Emily Knudson, Jack's mother.

Now, 31/2 years later, Jack is still going through radiation and chemo treatments. He has lost half of the vision in each of his eyes and has limited use of the right side of his body, his dominant side, along with a host of other issues related to the tumor and treatment.

Life isn't always easy, but he makes the best of it with his service dog, Hamachi, at his side.

"Jack's days are filled with doctor and therapy appointments while he longs to play, laugh, learn and create like other second-graders," his mother said.

And yet he never complains.

It was through Jack's grandfather, who is a Lehigh grad named Andy Werner, and a program called Victory for a Cause that the Mountain Hawks came to know Jack.

Werner is Coen's accountant and has been telling the Lehigh coach about his grandson for a few years.

And then Victory for a Cause stepped up to bring the team and Jack together.

Victory for a Cause has partnered with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley in a program designed to support kids with cancer and match them and their families with college teams.

Jack was first invited out to meet the team at the Brown and White Game in the spring of 2010, and it could have ended there.

"They could have given him a shirt, a ball and a hat and said 'nice to meet you' and that was it. But Lehigh has continued to stay in touch, and they have done so much more. They have gone above and beyond what we ever expected.

The team invited Jack over for a tour of the facilities and to watch practice.

Jack hopes to attend at least one, if not two, of the team's remaining home games.

"We got a text from Coach Coen after the game on Saturday at Fordham," Howie Knudson said. "He just said to tell that Jack that his team won their game today. Jack had never shown much interest in football before. I am a big football fan but couldn't get the rest of the family interested, but now Jack likes football and he wants to go to Lehigh."

Coen said it is good for his kids to embrace someone who has overcome so much.

"We talk about physical and mental toughness all of the time in our sport, but to see what Jack goes through and how much he struggles and yet never complains, that's good for our guys to see," Coen said. "You talk about toughness.

"I know being around him pumps me up. It's a win-win. Our interaction has been awesome. I'd like to think our guys are good for Jack, and I know being around Jack is good for us."

Howie Knudson said the entire family, which includes Jack's younger brother and sister, William and Mimi, have also been embraced by the Lehigh squad.

"These are great guys, all personable, down-to-earth," he said. "They're very impressive young men, not only as football players but as student-athletes. They all have such tough majors in addition to playing football. Yet they chose to spend time with us when they could have been doing many other things."

Chris Lum, Lehigh's quarterback, is having one of the best years of his life, but being around Jack Knudson has put his own success in perspective.

"We get as much out of being with Jack as he gets from being with us," Lum said. "He puts a smile on our faces. We like being around him. We forget how fortunate we are sometimes. We are lucky to be able to go out on a Saturday and play football. Jack can't do many of the things he'd like to do, and yet he stays very positive and never stops trying.

"He has taught us about the game of life, and I'm just glad we've gotten to know him."

 


 

Victory For A Cause Extends Its Reach

Victory for a Cause teams with Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley in the fight against childhood cancer

Ayden, North Carolina –July 19, 2011: Today, CMI Plastics, Inc. announced that their organization, Victory for a Cause (VFC), will be partnering with the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley, Inc. (PCFLV) and Kutztown Rugby, in an effort to fight childhood cancer. PCFLV is a non-profit organization, located in Whitehall, Pennsylvania, who is dedicated to supporting children with cancer, as well as their families. Kutztown Rugby is an athletic team of Kutztown University, located in Kutztown Pennsylvania.

VFC and PCFLV share in their goal of helping families fight childhood cancer. PCFLV uses a number of ways to raise money and improve the lives of these children. PCFLV provides a full calendar of programs which focus on quality life and long term survivorship for children with cancer including a chemo circus program at the local hospitals, caregiver events such as spa days and date nights, support services and sibling support groups as well as education and recreational activities to focus on fine and gross motor skills. PCFLV works with the entire family recognizing childhood cancer as a disease that affects the entire family.

VFC supports the cause by partnering with athletic teams to raise money to fight childhood cancer. By sponsoring athletic teams such as Kutztown Rugby, VFC is able to spread awareness to a larger group of people including the athletes, the fans and the families of Kutztown Rugby. Then, with every victory the sponsored team wins, in this case, Kutztown Rugby, CMI will put one hundred dollars towards sponsoring a child with cancer. The sponsored children are known as VFC Champions, and at the end of the sponsor team’s season, the Champion and/or charity of choice are presented with the donation.

“We are honored to have the Pediatric Cancer Foundation of Lehigh Valley join with Victory for a Cause, alongside Kutztown Rugby. All of the organizations are intertwined, whether geographically or through an alumni relationship such as mine. I’m proud to be alumni of Kutztown Rugby and know the teams will play their hardest for our cause –one victory at a time,” said Steven Hasselbach, President of CMI Plastics, Inc. “I look forward to making this an annual effort with PCFLV.”

In September/October of this year, a check will be presented to PCFLV for all of the victories Kutztown has accomplished during the fall season of 2010, spring and summer seasons of 2011 and the money raised from the Rugby Lift-a-Thon. The ceremony will also include the naming of three Champions, who will be sponsored by the Kutztown Rugby Premier 15’s, Division One 15’s and Kutztown Rugby 7’s. These three children will become members to each of the teams and will be invited to follow the action as the season unfolds. Then, in September, 2012, in honor of Childhood Cancer Awareness Month, Victory for a Cause will host a ceremony at Kutztown Rugby’s home field to present the donations to the three VFC Champions.

“We have been trying for some time to find a way to connect our families more deeply with athletics in the community as a way to generate mutual support and team spirit. Partnering with VFC is a fabulous opportunity for our families, our foundation, Kutztown and VFC. We couldn’t be more delighted and excited to cheer on our teams and our champions and together enable children with cancer to LIVE!”

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Victory for a Cause was founded by CMI Plastics, Inc. of Ayden, NC in an effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Donations for every victory by sponsored teams are provided by CMI Plastics and its employees. To learn more about Victory for a Cause, visit www.victoryforacause.com.

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CMI Plastics specializes in custom thermoforming. Services range from blisters to POP displays, including clamshells, gift sets, cosmetic discs, and medical trays. CMI also designs, engineers, and manufactures the tooling needed to perform these services. The company serves numerous industries including: medical, aerospace, cosmetic, transport, food, industrial and retail. CMI’s diverse history and experience with the thermoforming process and various materials allows the company to provide a service that is unsurpassed by others in the industry. To learn more go to www.cmiplastics.com or call us at (877) 395-1920.

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Pediatric Cancer Foundation of the Lehigh Valley, Inc. was founded in 2003, and is a Lehigh Valley based non-profit focused on bringing back fun to a child with cancer and making a impact in the lives of the entire family through ongoing quality of life programs, sport activities, support group services, workshops, education, resources and direct patient services enabling children with cancer to LIVE. For more information on programs and services or to volunteer, please contact Nicole Ronco, Executive Director, at 610-393-9215 or visit www.PCFLV.org.

 


CMI Plastics, Inc. Announces Three New Champions to Victory for a Cause

Ayden, North Carolina – May 24, 2011: CMI Plastics, Inc. has named three new Champions to Victory for a Cause, an awareness campaign dedicated to the fight against childhood cancer. These new Champions are welcomed into the Victory for a Cause community, which began in the fall of 2010 in an effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Victory for a Cause helps children in need through sports teams’ sponsorships and donations. For every team victory, $100 is donated to the sponsored child.

Zack with the St. Peter's Soccer Team

The first new Champion to be honored this week by Victory for a Cause is Zack, a 12- year-old boy that has been diagnosed with leukemia. His sponsor is the St. Peter’s Catholic School Soccer Team. To help Zack in his fight against childhood cancer, the team presented him with a few spirit-lifting items at their Spring Sports Ceremony. Zack received an official St. Peter’s jersey from the team, an autographed soccer ball with all of the team members’ names, a framed team photo, a Champions Medal and a check for $500.00. During the Spring Sports Ceremony, CMI Plastics was presented with a team photograph representing the team’s gratitude for the opportunity to be involved in this campaign and the team uniforms that the company donated earlier this year.

Zack with the St. Peter’s Soccer Team

 

Anai is another new Victory for a Cause Champion named this season. Anai is a 9-year-old girl with acute lymphocytic leukemia, or ALL. During a ceremony on Wednesday, May 18th, the 97 PGSA Stars, G. presented Anai with: a recognition medal, a Champions medal, an official team shirt, a team autographed soccer ball, and a check for $500.00. In addition, the 97 PGSA Stars have won so many games that the additional money raised will be donated to Camp Rainbow, a local camp for children and families dealing with childhood cancer.

The third Champion honored this season is Matt, a 16-year-old boy who has been diagnosed with Hodgkin’s lymphoma. His sponsor team is the CMI Plastics Spring 2011 Adult Soccer Team, and during a ceremony on Sunday, May 22nd, the team presented Matt with an official CMI Plastics team jersey, a Champions medal, and a check for $500.00.

Steven Hasselbach, President of CMI Plastics, said, “I would like to thank the St. Peter’s Catholic School as well as the Pitt Greenville Soccer Association (PGSA) for allowing CMI and Victory for a Cause to be part of their sports experience. Allowing these children to be involved with your teams has an incredible effect on their morale. This small act lets them know that people care about them, and the smile that it puts on their face is priceless.”

Victory for a Cause Champions are named every sports season. CMI Plastics has an initial goal of eight champions per year and the company’s work with Jacquelyn P. Sauls, Director of Rainbow Services/Child Life/Pediatric Hematology/Oncology of the Brody School of Medicine at East Carolina University, helps CMI Plastics locate candidates in need of assistance.

Anai with the PGSA Stars

Anai with the PGSA Stars
Matt with the CMI Adult Soccer Team
Matt with the CMI Adult Soccer Team

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Victory for a Cause was founded by CMI Plastics, Inc. of Ayden, NC in an effort to raise awareness of childhood cancer. Donations for every victory by sponsored teams are provided by CMI Plastics and its employees. To learn more about Victory for a Cause, visit www.victoryforacause.com.

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CMI Plastics specializes in custom thermoforming. Services range from blisters to POP displays, including clamshells, gift sets, cosmetic discs, and medical trays. CMI also designs, engineers, and manufactures the tooling needed to perform these services. The company serves numerous industries including: medical, aerospace, cosmetic, transport, food, industrial and retail. CMI’s diverse history and experience with the thermoforming process and various materials allows the company to provide a service that is unsurpassed by others in the industry. To learn more go to www.cmiplastics.com or call us at (877) 395-1920.


CMI Plastics, Inc. Announces First Champions of “Victory for a Cause”

Ayden, North Carolina – November 16, 2010: Today, CMI Plastics, Inc. named the first two Champions of “Victory for a Cause”, an awareness campaign to help fight childhood cancer.

His name is Mikel Wilkins and he is seven years old. He was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic leukemia on October 22, 2009. He lives in Rocky Mount with his Parents and maternal Grandmother. Mikel also has autism so it can be more difficult for him to adjust to his multiple hospitalizations and clinic visits where he receives chemotherapy treatments. He will have at least seven to nine more months of chemotherapy appointments and has not been able to return to school since diagnosis. Mikel is generally very positive, enjoys cartoons and movies and has a great family!

Mikel’s sponsor team was the 97 PGSA Classic Green Soccer Team. The girls, along with Coach Darren Dawson and Manager Nanette Cicmanec, gave Mikel an autographed soccer ball and a PGSA sweatshirt. Mikel’s family also received a check for five hundred dollars from the “Victory for a Cause” fund. Through the teams’ victories and hard work this season, they earned this money to be given to Mikel.

Our next Champion is Amber Forbes. Amber was diagnosed with cancer at age 12 and treated with surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy for several years. Cancer returned several years later and Amber finally had to have her leg amputated. She continues to receive chemotherapy treatments.

Pictured above: Mikel Wilkins with his loving family, Darren Dawson, coach of the 97 PGSA Classic Green Soccer team along with the players, and Mark and Steve Hasselbach of CMI Plastics

 

 

The Forbes family lost all of their belongings and house during Hurricane Floyd and have been battling back ever since. She lives at home with her mother and father and has a younger sister. Amber is a very kind, caring person who enjoys working with children and helping others, in spite of all of the difficult things she has been through. Ambers’ sponsor team was the PGSA CMI Plastics Adult Soccer Team. Amber received a check for five hundred dollars from the “Victory for a Cause” fund.

“CMI Plastics would like to thank Ms. Jacque Sauls, the Director of Rainbow Services/Child Life at the Brody School of Medicine/ East Carolina University.
Without her help we would not have met our Champions. Thank you for everything,”
said Steven Hasselbach, President of CMI Plastics, Inc.

Victory for a Cause is a program started by CMI Plastics, Inc of Ayden, NC. The money that was given to our Champions’ families this week was donated by CMI Plastics and their employees.

To learn more go to www.cmiplastics.com and click on “Victory for a Cause” or go to www.victoryforacause.com.

Members of the CMI Plastics PGSA Adult soccer team along with Amber Forbes.

 

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CMI Plastics specializes in custom thermoforming. Services range from blisters to POP displays, including clamshells, gift sets, cosmetic discs, and medical trays. CMI also designs, engineers, and manufactures the tooling needed to perform these services. They serve numerous industries including: medical, aerospace, cosmetic, transport, food, industrial and retail. There diverse history and experience with the thermoforming process and various materials allows them to provide a service that is unsurpassed by others in the industry. To learn more go to www.cmiplastics.com or call us at (877) 395-1920.


CMI Plastics, Inc. Sponsors Kutztown University Men’s Rugby Program

Rugby victories will be matched with a donation towards charity that fights childhood cancer

Ayden, North Carolina – October 26th, 2010: Today CMI Plastics, Inc. announced the sponsorship of Kutztown University Rugby Football Club (KURFC). CMI has committed to the purchase of team uniforms and donating $100 for every victory the KU premier side ascertains to a charity that fights against childhood cancer. The charitable donations could total up to $10,000.

Rugby


The donated uniforms will feature CMI logo near the KURFC Golden Bear on each part of the team kit (jersey, shorts, socks, and warm-ups). In addition to the CMI logo appearing on the kit, a gold ribbon icon will also be featured in an effort to promote the awareness campaign to help fight childhood cancer.

“CMI Plastics, Inc. is proud to be a sponsor of such an elite organization. We understand the importance of strong leadership, commitment, and teamwork and we fell all of these aspects are represented by the Rugby Program of Kutztown University. We hope that this sponsorship will keep KU Rugby on the road to a National Championship,” said Steven Hasselbach, president of CMI, Plastics. Steven is also an alumnus of the KURFC program.

The awareness campaign against childhood cancer will run from October 1st, 2010 through September 30th, 2011, during which time CMI has committed to donate $100 for every victory the KU premier side ascertains. Victories won by the KU 7’s side will also count toward this tally. CMI commits to donate a maximum of $5000 in relation to team victories. If the KU Men’s Premier Side wins the USA National Collegiate 15’s Championship, CMI will donate to the cause in the amount of $10,000. This would be in addition to the monies donated for each victory during the season.Rugby Uniforms

The monies will be donated to a charity related to childhood cancer or a family affected by childhood cancer. This decision will be made by the CMI Sponsorship committee. The money will be given to the selected recipient at a KURFC home game during the month of October, 2011.

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CMI Plastics specializes in custom thermoforming. Services range from blisters to POP displays, including clamshells, gift sets, cosmetic discs, and medical trays. CMI also designs, engineers, and manufactures the tooling need to perform these services. They serve numerous industries including: medical, aerospace, cosmetic, transport, food, industrial, and retail. Their diverse history and experience with the thermoforming process and various materials allows them to provide a service that is unsurpassed by others in the industry. To learn more go to www.cmiplastics.com or call us at
(877) 395-1920